High Levels of Lithium in Drinking Water May Raise Autism Risk

High Levels of Lithium in Drinking Water May Raise Autism Risk

As Lithium Levels Increase So Does the Risk of Autism Diagnosis

Published: 2023-04-03
Author: University of California: Los Angeles Health Sciences | Contact: uclahealth.org
Peer-Reviewed Publication: Yes
Library: Autism Information Publications

Synopsis: Researchers report possible link between autism and lithium in drinking water supply. As lithium levels increased, so did the risk of an autism diagnosis, the researchers reported. In the future, anthropogenic sources of lithium in water may become more widespread because of lithium battery use and disposal in landfills with the potential for groundwater contamination.




Lithium is a chemical element with the symbol Li and atomic number 3. It is a soft, silvery-white alkali metal. Under standard conditions, it is the least dense metal and the least dense solid element. Lithium and its compounds have several industrial applications, including heat-resistant glass and ceramics, lithium grease lubricants, flux additives for iron, steel and aluminum production, lithium metal batteries, and lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-based drugs are useful as a mood stabilizer and antidepressant in the treatment of mental illness such as bipolar disorder.

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